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Haunted Vaults and Graveyard Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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Haunted Vaults and Graveyard Walking Tour in Edinburgh

By Auld Reekie Tours
Recommended by 94% of travelers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
If you’re entranced by the paranormal, look no further than this adults-only ghost tour that unlocks access to Edinburgh’s darkest places. Led by your fearless guide, venture in search of the undead into ancient Greyfriars Kirkyard, known as the most haunted cemetery in the world. Brave a sinister encounter in the Haunted Vault and learn the mysteries of the city’s dark past.
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Ages 5-99, max of 32 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Walk Edinburgh’s haunted streets, vaults, and graveyards by night
  • Hear terrifying tales of gruesome deaths—and returns from the grave
  • Shiver at the ghostly horrors of Greyfriars Kirkyard
  • Brave the haunted vault below the city at Niddry Street Vaults

  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities

As night falls across Scotland’s ancient capital, greet your guide and embark on an adults-only journey through the city’s sinister past. Learn the grim history of Greyfriars Kirkyard, where quiet and unquiet souls have rested since the 16th century, and gothic monuments rear against the gloomy sky. Walk on through the darkening night to the Niddry Street Vaults that stretch below the city. Once home to witches, criminals, the destitute, and a hellfire club—and rumored to be the hunting ground of serial killers Burke and Hare—these echoing cellars are now the site of regular paranormal happenings. Something evil awaits in the Haunted Vault. Be warned!

Start:
  • 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK
    Tours meet at the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of 300 Lawnmarket. This is across the road from the Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. Please be there at least 5-10 minutes early as we depart promptly at the tour time. Tours can not wait for latecomers so please do not be late.
End:
  • 45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8752P4

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not suitable for children under 5 years of age
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Vaults are accessed via a 2ft stair with further average size stairs inside the vaults.
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away.
  • Filming or live streaming of the tour is strictly forbidden. You may be ejected from the tour.
  • • Some historical content may be of a distressing nature with regards but not exclusively to Torture, Hangings, Death
  • • Children under 2 years of age not allowed on tour.
  • The walking pace and terrain may not be suitable for those with any difficulty walking.
  • office hours are 10am - 5pm for all calls and emails.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8752P4

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  • 300 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PH, UK
    Tours meet at the Tourist Information Police Box, outside of 300 Lawnmarket. This is across the road from the Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. Please be there at least 5-10 minutes early as we depart promptly at the tour time. Tours can not wait for latecomers so please do not be late.
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  • 45 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG, UK
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  • Auld Reekie Tours
    9,027
    Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 649russellt
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Tour, Tour Guide Made the Experience!
    We had an amazing tour guide. James brought such a fun energy to the tour that made it very entertaining and enjoyable. The vaults were cool to see and we enjoyed learning about the history of them. It was a spooky ambience but overall not too scary. Again, James was fantastic! We would recommend it.
    Written June 19, 2024
  • pierremG1952FR
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Funny and scary
    James was as interesting as funny and as scary ! The duration is good enough. Just enough to make us more curious about what happened in those vaults. We had a nice moment !
    Written June 19, 2024
  • haulndan
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was ok
    The vaults were interesting but would have liked more history than ghost stories. Example students found the entrance but left you at that. So much history in those vaults. The guide really didn’t give you an opportunity to ask questions bc you had one hr. Was it worth 40 pounds … no
    Written June 19, 2024
  • rickmV5403OD
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underground tour a big hit!
    Wonderful bit of history on this tour, and our guide Sophie was great! She is So energetic and fun! The history to be learned is well worth the visit.
    Written June 19, 2024
  • annehthr
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very well presented
    Very good and informative. Well presented by Dom clear and concise with a bit of drama to add to the experience. Would highly recommend it.
    Written June 19, 2024
  • Jennifer B
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underground world
    I’d give this tour a 5. Jordan was great and was very knowledgeable. The vaults were a cool part of history to see and learn about. It was a nice mix of above ground history and then a multiple room, vault complex underground. I recommend if you’re into the more eerie/dark side of the Scottish history.
    Written June 19, 2024
  • 267iqrar
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eric the amazing story teller
    Our tour guide Eric was an absolutely amazing story teller. Highly recommended! Add this to your to do list in Edinburgh
    Written June 18, 2024
  • V7253TQclarem
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Down in the Vaults
    Thanks James. That was a fun look at the Vaults. Great family walk back through time.Spooky stories and you get to see bits of Edinburgh that you wouldn’t normally see.
    Written June 18, 2024
  • P71VWryant
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    Great tour, interesting information and well priced. James was a fantastic guide and provided tons of interesting, funny and insightful information!
    Written June 18, 2024
  • N1395VBjudithc
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab tour 😊
    Great tour..... so interesting to hear some of the history of Edinburgh and experience the vaults. Jordan was a great guide and made the tour fun and interesting, would highly recommend taking an hour out of your day to do this tour.
    Written June 18, 2024
  • Culture51075676494
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour
    The tour was brilliant, informative and entertaining. Jordan, our guide , was top class and he really made the whole tour a great experience
    Written June 18, 2024
  • c0rynem
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique adventure
    James made the tour very fun! He is enthusiastic, informative and highly entertaining. The vaults themselves were fun to see. Highly recommend!
    Written June 17, 2024
  • Inspire53205518972
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome and worthwhile.
    It was very appropriate for kids under 12. James was our guide and was amazing. He searched for someone special in the group and settled on our 10 year old granddaughter who is left handed!
    Written June 17, 2024
  • kateymaea
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    IncrediblE Experience.
    Amazing historical reenactment of how people lived in the 1700s(?). Our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable/informative and the best part was absolutely the smell. Made it so realistic, intentional or not. Will 100% be returning with my close family again. Thank you!
    Written June 17, 2024
  • Aprilmfranco
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour providing insight in the living conditions of the poor in late 1700's
    Ally is an excellent tour guide - she combines lots of interesting information with humor in a pleasant and clear style. She was not particularly fast or slow in speaking, which is helpful for non-native speakers. She was good at making herself available to you to ask questions as we walked between different spots on the tour. I was most surprised by the vaults themselves and the fact that they were "forgotten" for such a long time. This tour really gives you a better sense of how people in Edinburgh lived in the late 1700's.
    Written June 17, 2024
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Marie P
Cambridge, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
The actual tour itself was okay, moderately too full, but otherwise with a different guide would have been interesting and worth the cost.

We were in a group ourselves amongst the larger group, although this didn't impact the tour or qnyones enjoyment/lack of. What did was the absolutely horrendous tour guide. My friend leaned down as she suffers from chronic pain, the tour guide then made a joke about how the creepiness of the crypts caused her chronic pain. No, that would be the chronic pain and perhaps there's ways to be nicer to people. She was also quite rude to another woman on the tour who tried to engage with her and ask questions. This woman had nothing to do with us, but clearly just wanted to enjoy the tour and participate. That was clearly too much.

There was also an incredibly rude couple on the tour where the man was going up to various women tapping them on the shoulder, moving away and repeating. A shoulder tap isn't as bad as it could have been but a 50 year old man praying on innocent 20 something women and nobody does anything about it? Not particularly cool.

I reached out when asked to make a review and said I would be happy to leave one but would actually like to make a complaint because between us we spent a lot of money to have an incredibly awkward time and was ignored.

We passed several other tours on this one who seemed to have better, mote interested tour guides that won't mock chronic pain or ignore legitimate complaints. Avoid this one and book elsewhere.
Written February 26, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so sorry to hear about your experience. We will have responded to such an enquiry but understand that our reply may have not have reached you for one reason or another. Please reach out to us at info@auldreekietours.com so we can follow up on your experience.
Written February 28, 2022
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Ian H
Weymouth3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Done a couple of these types of tours here in the past, this one was far and away the best mainly due to our guide Andrew who was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, funny and really engaged the audience with his his story telling. He kept us all captivated the whole time, so much so that we hardly noticed the rain. The walking was easily manageable with short distances compared to some other tours but worth remembering that it is Edinburgh old town so hills, steps and cobbles are the norm. Would 💯 per cent recommend this tour if you are interested in ghosts, ghouls witches and execution stories.
Written April 7, 2022
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StevenGause
New York City, NY211 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Our guide Nora was fun and enthusiastic, but she seemed terribly rushed to get through the itinerary - as soon as she finished a story we were off to the next stop. There was no time allotted if you wanted to explore the graveyard on your own or take a few photos. The walk to the vaults portion of the tour was brisk and we had several stragglers. I assume the tour content as intended as spooky or scary, but to us it just came off as silly and somewhat boring. Lastly, if you have difficulty navigating stairs you should probably avoid this tour.
Written September 17, 2021
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matt milne
Aberdeen, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Our tour guide was very engaging, dispatched a heckling local drunk with ease, took time to get to know everybody, answered any questions, and tailored the experience to the group's interests. We were there with 3 other couples/groups, all from different countries, and everything was very covid-safe. Thoroughly interesting, and thrilling evening, peppered with edinburgh's quick, dry wit. Can't recommend enough for families, groups, travelling companions and couples. We enjoyed it so much, we booked the later, more in-depth terror tour for the following evening, can't wait.
Written June 23, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and were happy with the safety precautions we have taken regarding covid-19.
Written June 25, 2021
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Cory
Thunder Bay, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I did a tour of the vaults with guide Fraser in October, and loved it so much that we decided to revisit again in December. We had a new guide last night, and I was a bit surprised and slightly annoyed to find that we were also getting a fairly different version of historical events. Many big details about key parts in the tour were told very differently, and some even contradicted things our previous guide had told us. I would still very much recommend this tour as the best dark history tour in the city, but as my previous review hailed it for being so factual, I felt the need to review my new experience to reflect the fact that I no longer feel certain of that. Either way, it was a great time well worth the money. Thank you!
Written December 7, 2022
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Amy De Castillo
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Myself, my boyfriend and my Mum decided to do this tour after wanting to visit the vaults for a very long time. Our tour guide, Stewart, was extremely kind, considerate and entertaining throughout the hour and a half spent visiting the Greyfriars Kirkyard and the underground vaults.

My boyfriend is deaf and after informing Stewart of this, he ensured that my boyfriend could hear him loud and clear catering to everybody no matter what. He also assisted my Mum at the end of the tour and did so with genuine kindness. He was extremely amusing, making light heart of some dark stories and kept us entertained throughout the cold evening. Couldn’t recommend this tour more, we thoroughly enjoyed it!

Also, p.s Stewart’s Mum, we know he sends you the reviews! Your lad is doing great! :)
Written November 25, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re so glad that you had such a positive experience on your tour with Stewart and that he was able to include you all in the tour.
Written November 26, 2021
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Flare
London, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
It was an amazing experience, we learnt a lot about the history of the graveyards and vaults. Our guide Frazier was very enthusiastic, informative and kept the tour alive with his humour along with interesting facts about the city. There was never a dull moment on the tour and I would 100 percent recommend this to anyone visiting Edinburgh.
Written December 22, 2021
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Isabella C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We had an amazing time on the haunted vaults and graveyard tour! The stories were really detailed and fun, without being too gimmicky. Josh did a wonderful job of making sure everybody got to the locations safely, as well as being incredibly entertaining throughout. He was a great host for the evening and we would recommend this tour to any of our friends visiting Edinburgh.
Written December 2, 2022
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Tam
Olney, Maryland, United States13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a large group, almost to large and it harder to enjoy the experience and hear the stories being told. It was hard to hear our guide because she wore a mask the whole time. I understand and respect her decision and she did try to speak very loudly through her mask but in the end it’s still hard to hear her still. The company should consider giving her a microphone. If not I would suggest to people to go with a company that supplies listening devices for their customers. Also it was hard to follow her through the busy tourist streets. The company really should consider giving their guides an umbrella or prop to hold up and make it easier to follow and stay in group. Finally our guide would start giving the history and telling the stories before the entire group could gather together. The group was not particularly slow, we were just a large group trying to fight through the busy streets so it wasn’t as easy to keep up.
Written July 10, 2022
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Caz82Scotland
Scotland24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
I had done the vaults tour before, but not the graveyard part. Since my cousin was staying for the weekend, I wanted her to experience something unique to Edinburgh, and I was curious to see the extended tour.

We weren’t disappointed! Darren was an excellent guide, gaining the (rather drunk) group’s attention and appreciation early on and maintaining our interest throughout.

Darren is a fantastic storyteller, and there were one or two stories I hadn’t even heard myself as an Edinburgh-based tour guide!

Taking the tour in the dark was great fun, although two other tours did pass us in the graveyard. Awkward! But, it’s not surprising since there are soooooo many tour companies in Edinburgh now, and Darren handled it very well!

The second part, in the vaults was also very atmospheric, and the area Auld Reekie has is very well-preserved. The walls and floors were wet from recent rain showers, and you really get an idea of how awful it would be to live down there, and how desperate you would have to be to move in! Thanks for a brilliant tour Darren! Five stars!
Written October 11, 2021
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